Friday, 24 October 2014

BEAUTY: Black Opium Perfume By Yves Saint Laurent

Introducingggggg my new favourite perfume! Its called Black Opium by YSL* and I got mine from Fragrance Direct. It's very sweet and florally but very spicy at the same time. The website says it contains "An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality." The smell lasted all day - it has great staying power  which was great because I love it so much! I'm definitely going to be using it alot.

I also love a pretty perfume bottle and to be honest alot of the time I will only try a perfume if it has a pretty bottle! This one I like alot but pretty isn't the word for it it's more edgy, dark and mysterious - black and covered with dark glitter which makes its very Glam Rock plus this 30ml size is a great one to keep in your hand bag!

Have You Used Black Opium Yet?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

LIFESTYLE: Halloween Cupcakes From The Hummingbird Bakery, Spitalfields

As much as I am a huge summer girl, I love the later part of the year for all the fun holidays and festivals that happen and since Halloween is not far away now, I thought it might be time to start featuring some Halloween products! I have a few more to photograph this weekend so next weeks posts are going to be very halloweeney themed! 

This first post is food - I love to work with The Hummingbird Bakery, everything they sell is always super yummy and amazing. This time I have six of their Halloween themed cupcakes which will be in stores until 2nd November so there's still lots of time to go and pick some up - I would definitely suggest you go and get some, even if you just have one, they are so yummy!! As soon as I opened the box the amazing smell filled the whole kitchen and I had to get in quick to photograph them and choose what I wanted before they all got eaten haha. Obvs I was drawn straight to a chocolate one partly because I haven't had chocolate cake from Hummingbird before but mostly because it was covered in edible glitter! It was light and fluffy and delicious and as with their big cakes there was also a perfect icing to cake ratio. Its become my favourite flavour from them!  Can't wait to eat another one - definitely going to try to save a red velvet one too! 

As well as these cupcakes, they have mini Halloween ones which are so super cute and big cakes like the last one I posted about plus they have a pumpkin pie in which I will have to go an try, I've never had anything like that before! 

What Will You Be Eating Over Halloween?

LIFESTYLE: Underground Cookery School With Old El Paso

Yey, I was invited for another trip to the Underground Cookery School -  I think they guys are starting to recognise me since I've been a few times before but I love it there! I've been three times now and each has been completely different, as has this one - Mexican night with Old El Paso plus this time I got to bring Georgia along with me too!

We arrived to lots of canop├ęs and a few glasses of prosecco before putting on our aprons and getting started with chopping and peeling all sorts of veg to make the guacamole (which is 100X better when you make it yourself btw) and for the fajitas - I was given the peppers haha. My group also got involved in making a super yummy flour free chocolate tart mmmm.

 Then we all sat down and stuffed out faces with everything we had made! Instead of usual tortillas we used Old El Paso's new Stand 'n Stuff boat shaped ones which I have mentioned on here before, they just make it so much easier to stuff as much as you can in without it all falling out and they taste just as good!

Monday, 20 October 2014

LIFESTYLE: Kindness Of Strangers Part 2

This is part 2 of my two part series with Anthony Nolan. You can see part one here and part two is going to be a video that you can watch here. Last time I spoke about how I helped a stranger in need, this time I am going to be chatting about a time when someone helped me out!

I'd love to hear your Kindness of Strangers stories!

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LIFESTYLE: Kindest Of Strangers Part 1

Anthony Nolan is a blood cancer charity and bone marrow register that helps thousands of people all over the UK every year. As part of their big campaign this year, which is called Kindness of Strangers, they have launched a video (I've embedding it in the post below) consisting of several people sharing their personal experiences of situations where they have received an act of goodwill or kindness from a stranger, and when they have helped someone in the past.

As part of this campaign they have asked me to blog about a random act of kindness that a stranger once did for me and one that I have done for someone else so this is part 1 of 2. This email came at quite a relevant time after a little event last week:

My room is right at the front of our house and I love just standing at my window looking out at whats going on, we have been here less than a year so everything is still really interesting to see  - whether its someone walking their dog and Molly barking at them from downstairs, new people moving in across the road or just watching the rain fall and the sun set against a different background but last weeks view wasn't so nice.

I was getting ready to take Molly to the vets with my dad for a little check up. I popped into my bathroom to put my lenses in, came back to my window to see a woman laying in the middle of the road outside. What a shock, I had no idea what was going on, there wasn't any screams or crashes and thankfully there no blood so that was a great relief but still! I ran downstairs to tell my dad who ran out to see her, she was totally unconscious. 

We called an ambulance for her and ran back in to get her a pillow, then it started to pour down so we got a big umbrella and my dad sat outside holding it over her until the ambulance came and took her to hospital! I haven't heard anything else about it since, although a few neighbours came by later that evening to say thank you for staying with her all that time.
Have you ever done something kind for someone or had someone do something really kind for you? 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

LIFESTYLE: Autumn Flowers From Debenhams

At the beginning of the year, I had flowers in my room every week for months! Its such a lovely and simple thing to make you feel happy just to have a pretty bunch of flowers! Last week, Debenhams sent me a bunch from their new range. 

Their whole range of  Autumn flowers have great names, this one is called Autumn Mornings which is very fitting with its super cute sunrise colours. They are a lovely size bouquet which made them so easy to handle and get cut into size for my vase! One thing that I loved about this bunch was that when they arrived, they weren't fully bloomed so I have seem them grow and open up each day!
I also got a great email telling me when my flowers were being arranged, when they would be sent, their expected time of arrival (super fast flower delivery - they came in a couple of days) and a tracking code too!

Plus, I got a code for my readers which entitles you to 40% off which is huge! 

The only bouquets exempt from the discount is the Flowers By Post range.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

FASHION: Ways To Wear My Midi Skater Skirt

Thought I might try a "ways to wear" post for the first time on my blog since I picked up this very bright midi skirt from the last VERY VIP event and I just couldn't decide whether it was a day time or a night time skirt so I just tried both!

I paired it with a long sleeve crop top from New Look which was actually the first crop top I ever  bought. It's great for keeping warm! For my shoes, I wore my everyday chunky black boots from Missguided! For me, this is a great outfit for shopping!

Of course it's another crop top - for me, the only way to wear a midi or anything high waisted is with a crop top! This time it's more of a bralet style from Motel Rocks with my heels which I'm sure you recognise from ASDA 

Which Do You Prefer?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

EVENT: Lush Christmas Launch, Regents Street Store

Last week I was invited to the Lush Christmas Launch in their Regents street store. I love new Lush launches as it means some of my favorite limited edition scents come back to the store - like snow fairy which I was totally obsessed with last year but this time around since it's so cold already I am definitely more interested in the pretty new bath ballistics! I only started using Lush products very early this year so this is my first time seeing alot of the Christmas products! I loved the cute little penguin bubble bar - anything with a face on it really haha and every one is different which is really cute, I could spend ages picking out my favorite one - Plus its citrusy flavors are my kind of smell! I also loved all the products covered in glitter perfect for pre night out bath because you come out all sparkly!
 Christmas products also mean new chirtsmas gift boxes which are my favorite part of the store, I love looking though to see which have my favorite products and which box is the prettiest! I got to take two home from the event which are both full of lovely Christmassy products which I cant wait to use!!
Joy To The World:
Snow Cake Soap
Dream Cake Body Lotion
Jingle Bells:
Drummers Drumming
Magic Wand
The Comforter
Golden Wonder
Luxury Lush Pud
The Christmas Hedgehog
 Looking forward to using each one! Watch out for reviews - Coming Soooooonn!!

Huge Thanks To Lush For A Great Night And All My Gifts!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

BEAUTY: Barry M New Glitterati AW14 Range

I got a super excited package from Barry M earlier this month and I couldn't want to show you guys! Sadly, I had to wait because my camera wasn't working but that doesn't matter now because I have my photos and I'm ready to blog plus it gave me some time to try a few of them out!

Below is Barry M's new range of Glitterai polishes 
(Fashion Icon, Socialite, Starlet
(L-R)Rockstar, Catwalk Queen, VIP

As usual, Barry M glitters are the easiest to work with and two coats are all you need - plus they dry super fast which is always a bonus.

The colours themselves are quite jelly looking bases choc full of holographic glitter which means no sparkle-less gaps (a pet hate of mine, if your going to do glitter nails, you have to do it properly!!) and as a thick glitter lover, another point that I have to make is that the finish was lovely and smooth.

I think they are going to be perfect for this time of year ready for Halloween and Christmas as to me, they look quite magical!
I'll post photos of the other shades when I wear them, so watch out!

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Friday, 10 October 2014

GIVEAWAY: Win A Bottle Of Koko Kanu Coconut Rum

It’s the year of the coconut, so indulge your love of the white fleshed fruit with Koko Kanu, a subtle blend of crystal clear rum and coconut; the only true coconut rum available in the UK.

This beautifully rich tasting coconut flavoured rum from the Caribbean island of Jamaica is so smooth and round that it’s delicious on its own over ice. Add a cocktail?
I’ve teamed up with Koko Kanu with to give you the chance to win a bottle of perfectly sweet Koko Kanu.

Koko Kanu will add a little Caribbean sunshine to any occasion so follow us on twitter or like us on Facebook and share some #IslandSpirit with us.

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